At first, you may wonder about the seriousness of Proverbs 21:9: “It is better to live in a corner of the housetop than in a house shared with a quarrelsome wife.” It is highlighting the dangers posed by tongues that are contentious, combative, and discontented. Whether or not you are a wife, the warning is clear: No one wants to be around someone who is lacking in gratitude.
If one of the blessings of gratitude is that it makes us generally happier people, it follows then that gratitude makes those who live with us happier people, too.
The restorative power of a grateful heart and tongue is more potent than we can imagine, as is the destructive potential of being bitter and difficult to live with. “Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body” (Prov. 16:24). Let’s make sure our words have that kind of effect so people want to live under the same roof with us.
Heavenly Father, I want to be the kind of person others seek out—not the sort of person others avoid. Cultivate in me a heart of gratitude that overflows with gracious, gentle, and godly speech so my family is blessed by my presence. Thank You!
Gratitude in Action: Ask God to guard your heart—and your tongue—today. Any time you hear yourself saying words that are contentious, complaining, or critical, rather than gracious, gentle, and godly . . . stop. Ask Him to forgive. Seek forgiveness from those to whom—or in whose presence—you spoke.
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